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Discover female legends, badasses, and rule-breakers who will make you laugh, weep, and feel alive again. Eavesdrop on real, vulnerable, intimate conversations, like listening to two good friends talk over a cup of tea or glass of wine. We go deep.

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Discover female legends, badasses, and rule-breakers who will make you laugh, weep, and feel alive again. Eavesdrop on real, vulnerable, intimate conversations, like listening to two good friends talk over a cup of tea or glass of wine. We go deep.

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Energy and passionate conversations that center me !

By Videomat - May 13 2019
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Fantastic combinations of subject and interviews with amazing women. Majo is inspiring.

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Absolutely love this podcast. Its helped me find my own voice and is an all around inspiration.

iTunes Ratings

446 Ratings
Average Ratings
420
19
3
1
3

Energy and passionate conversations that center me !

By Videomat - May 13 2019
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Fantastic combinations of subject and interviews with amazing women. Majo is inspiring.

♥️♥️♥️

By HandyOils - Oct 07 2018
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Absolutely love this podcast. Its helped me find my own voice and is an all around inspiration.
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Heroine: Women’s Creative Leadership, Confidence, Wisdom

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Discover female legends, badasses, and rule-breakers who will make you laugh, weep, and feel alive again. Eavesdrop on real, vulnerable, intimate conversations, like listening to two good friends talk over a cup of tea or glass of wine. We go deep.

Rank #1: You Are A Badass {Jen Sincero}

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Jen Sincero is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, and most recently, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth. After being fed up with merely scraping by for years, Jen decided to focus on figuring money out. She took a leap of faith that led her down the path to fully embracing money and wealth, and her latest book uncovers the mental blocks she had to overcome to let the money flow.

More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/you-are-a-badass-with-jen-sincero

In this episode, you’ll learn how to detach from the icky stigma of wanting more money, seeing it instead as the energetic exchange between people that it really is. Jen also shares her insights on the association between self-promotion and shame, especially among women. Her open, no-nonsense approach will motivate and inspire you to feel excited about whatever it is you have going on.

Show Notes:
-How being challenged by a second grade teacher who set firm boundaries was exactly the kind of attention Jen needed as a little girl. [2:40]
-Jen in her twenties: college years, landing a dream job, being ignored in a male-dominated environment, starting a rock band – all while being unsure of what she was doing with her life. [3:38]
-Falling in love with her drummer, writing her first book, and constantly reinventing herself. [8:03]
-Jen’s lowest point of being broke and still clueless about what she was doing with her life, her first big break, and the power of being excited about what you’re doing. [11:22]
-Powerful insights on the association between self-promotion and shame (especially for women). [16:10]
-On exploring her sexuality while on her first book tour, writing a sex column, and helping people get over shame. [24:39]
-Tired of scraping by, Jen decided to devote her time and focus on figuring out money by reading self-help books, going to seminars, and taking a big leap of faith. [29:32]
-On the energy behind money, our attitudes toward our day jobs, and Jen’s insights on making compromises. [36:29]
-Still unsure of what she was doing with her life in her forties, Jen “just kept doing the next right thing.” [42:40]
-Looking back on the success of her books, You Are A Badass and others, and Jen’s final words of wisdom. [44:57]

References:
Majo's website – majomolfino.com
Jen's website – jensincero.com

Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com

Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.

Nov 02 2017

52mins

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Rank #2: Meaning over Happiness {Dr. Vivienne Ming}

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If you believed you could never be happy, would you go on living? That’s the question that echoed in Dr. Vivienne Ming’s mind when she contemplated killing herself, before she became a woman, mom, neuroscientist, technologist, and LGBT advocate. Dr. Ming shares more about the wisdom that saved her life, and how it led her to focus on the one superpower that predicts success over and over again.

Show Notes:
- Vivienne’s upbringing, not living up to expectations, and realizing she was “different.” [1:30]
- The lowest point — Suicide, and why she decided not to do it. [4:39]
- On her larger-than-life father and his example of “living a life of substance.” [7:54]
- How intrinsic motivation fueled her shift away from the brink of suicide. [12:02]
- From flunking out of college to getting perfect scores in everything the second time around. [14:59]
- On her year at the Machine Perception Lab and the start of her professional success. [19:08]
- Learning to counter her destructive-perfectionism through perseverance. [21:31]
- On feeling free to follow what she believes to be right. [25:09]
- Women’s tendency to worry about how they are being perceived rather than whether they are being true to themselves. [26:51]
- On meeting her wife in graduate school and opening up about wanting to be a woman. [31:13]
- The immediate effects of Vivienne’s gender transition – losing her position at Stanford, being treated differently by close friends and strangers alike, and observing implicit gender biases. [35:38]
- Vivienne’s work at Socos: Studying the predictors of success and optimizing life outcomes. [42:43]
- Defining a meta-learner and the main categories that predict success. [47:33]
- How to strengthen our meta-learning abilities. [52:49]
- Vivienne’s perspective on how society influences gender roles and the enduring disparities between men and women. [54:55]

References:
Dr. Ming’s organization Socos: www.socoslearning.com

Music:
Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com

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Apr 28 2016

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Rank #3: Fixed Mindset (Block #2)

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Host Maria Molfino shares how a fixed mindset – believing things about yourself cannot change – is blocking your creative confidence.

- Creative confidence playbook: mariamolfino.com/free-playbook

May 05 2016

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Rank #4: Why It's Essential to Fail — Jaclyn Johnson

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Have you ever been knocked down, and had to dust yourself off to start again? Today’s guest, Jaclyn Johnson, talks about the career blows early on in her journey and the blessings that came from them.

More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/6/14/reclaim-work-with-jaclyn-johnson

I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you this CEO and powerhouse behind beloved conference and site for millennial working women, Create & Cultivate. She is also author of a new book, WorkParty, which is available for pre-order now. Jaclyn’s a real boss lady who has been named Forbes 30 Under 30, a “Self-Made Woman” by LA Times, and A Woman of Note by The Wall Street Journal. What’s most inspiring to me about Jaclyn is how much she truly believes in the power of creative, millennial women to change the world.

In this episode, Jaclyn and I cover her journey of starting over again, what she means when she says it’s important to be “nice” at work, and whether we modern women can indeed have it all.

Alright, heroine, this is the last episode of the season, and we’ll pick back up in a few months in September. Enjoy the summer, I hope you get outside and play, and don’t forget that you can follow me on instagram in the meanwhile to stay updated @majo.heroine –!

Show notes:
- Jaclyn shares about her childhood; very independent and ambitious, always wanting to explore, making her a little bit of a troublemaker. [02:11]
- On her teenage years and her three jobs in high school [03:12]
- How she interned her way to getting a job right after college because she graduated early. The massive disconnect she noticed between education and real life business skills. [04:35]
- Jaclyn started blogging at a very early age, in 2007. She shares how she learned analytics from a friend and how she found out her blog had gained traffic. [06:12]
- On moving to California after the recession hit, getting laid off three months after the move, and recovering from depression so that she could start her own freelance work as a social media marketing specialist. On partnering up with a girl who shared her co-working office space and their eventual business break-up [07:31]
- How she got back on track, doing almost everything herself. What she learned from the past. [10:16]
- On her book and what she meant by “be nice.” Insights about women having it all. [29:19]
- How she reclaimed working for herself, by herself, and became successful after a crappy situation. [37:10]

References:
Majo's website – majomolfino.com
Jaclyn's website – jaclynrjohnson.com
Jaclyn's book – workparty.com

Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com

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Jun 14 2018

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Rank #5: Move Beyond Fear & Doubt — Amber Rae

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Do you get anxious? Let’s get real. We all do. And we need tools to deal with the worrisome thoughts and the uncomfortable feelings that naturally come up from living life. We need tools to help us put worry aside and step into a more positive state, the state of childlike, exuberant wonder. Enter today’s guest, Amber Rae, who is a total badass and who Mind Body Green called her "The Brene Brown of Wonder."

More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/5/17/wonder-over-worry-with-amber-rae

She is an author of a book that was just released this week, Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential (Hello, who doesn’t want to do that? You can find out more about how to order the book in the show notes because honestly every woman needs to read this Now, ASAP). In addition to being an author, Amber is an artist and speaker who has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Fast Company, BBC, ABC World News, Tim Ferriss's blog, and more. Previously, she helped launch six best-selling books with Seth Godin.

Show Notes:
-Amber shares about her childhood; how her mother has influenced her in so many ways and how she’s lost her father in a car accident at a very young age. [2:56]
-Her very early interest in psychology and reading books related to the discovery of how the psyche works; her pre-puberty story and starting her own magazine. [8:01]
-On dealing with the development of her physical body and her emotions; her high school life and the start of her wanting to be liked and approved by people. [10:53]
-A brief description of her college experience and chosen course; her great dating relationships and her ending up with someone who broke her. [18:07]
-Life after college; getting into tech; moving from San Francisco to New York upon the advice of her friend Ahmed Gupta. [24:19]
-The high and low of her life; lowest was when she self-sabotaged her successful career/work; highest was when she met her soon-to-be-husband, Farhad. [36:56]
-About her book, “Choose Wonder Over Worry.” [41:26]
-About her reclaiming her truth and essence without denying any part of herself. [53:42]

References:
Majo's website – majomolfino.com
Learn more about Choose Wonder Over Worry – choosewonder.com
- LIVE Event w/ Majo & Amber: Book Passage Sunday, May, 20th @ 4pm in Corte Madera, CA --> bookpassage.com/event/amber-rae-majo-molfino-choose-wonder-over-worry-corte-madera-store
- LIVE event w/ Amber: Women Catalysts Sunday, May 20th @ 7pm in San Francisco, CA --> wonderoverworrywithamberrae.splashthat.com/
Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com

Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.

May 17 2018

55mins

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Rank #6: Perfectionism (Block #3)

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Is your tendency towards perfectionism blocking your creative confidence? Writer and coach Maria Molfino reveals the root of perfectionism's dark side and shares how you can decrease its power over your life.

Show Notes:
-Download the free Creative Confidence Playbook at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook

References:
-The Gap by Ira Glass
-Big Magic by Liz Gilbert

Music:
-Lucia Lilikoi lucia.bandcamp.com

May 19 2016

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Rank #7: Esther Perel on Masculinity, Power & Relationships at Work

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I am so honored to bring to you this conversation with a personal heroine of mine: Esther Perel. Esther is truly a thought leader in the space, with a perspective on modern relationships that is refreshingly original, insightful, and pretty un-American. Recently, she’s been stretching the bounds of her work beyond the bedroom, which is the focus of this episode.

More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/10/4/esther-perel

Can we apply something like couple's therapy to co-workers and how easily does it translate? In this episode, Esther shares how to bring the relational intelligence from our romantic lives (things like trust, empathy, vulnerability, etc) into our most difficult, stressful work relationships and creative collaborations, especially in the context of patriarchy and the #MeToo movement.

Esther’s work practically saved my relationship with my husband before we got married– and her work really helped us see what sustains desire between two people over the long-term. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestselling book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular podcast called Where Should We Begin?

I know you will find this conversation fascinating and applicable to your life.

Show Notes
Esther shares about her childhood as a bold and extroverted girl, her experience as an immigrant and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and getting by on the goodwill of people willing to help her. [2:48]
Esther turns the table on Majo and asks why she felt pressured to focus on her career over relationships for so long. Plus, how Esther became a “disciple of people” and learned to navigate uncertainty while writing her first book. [7:43]
Why Esther enjoys taking on difficult and taboo subjects, and her non-prescriptive approach to finding solutions. [11:35]
The major problem with our current culture of experts. [15:43]
Bringing her expertise to the context of work: Esther shares her insights as a cross-cultural therapist, and the big shift she’s seeing toward reliance on relational intelligence as the core of company success. [19:59]
Why do 65% of startups fail? Co-founder breakups. Esther discusses the deep, intimate, and often turbulent relationship between company founders. [26:10]
Majo shares two true scenarios with Esther for advice on how to navigate relationships. Scenario 1: A woman being constantly triggered by her male manager who refuses to listen to her advice. [30:51]
Scenario 2: A woman feeling disempowered by a male CEO who favors his own ideas over hers. [38:24]
On difficult conversations, what’s missing from the #MeToo movement, and how we reshape and redefine relational thinking through communication (not policies or rules). [43:23]
“Patriarchy doesn’t just hurt women.” On polarized systems, masculine vs feminine, and the honesty required on both sides. [46:30]
From the bedroom to the boardroom – more resources on translating the personal to the professional. [49:39]

Resources:
Majo’s website – majo.co
Esther’s website – estherperel.com
Esther’s event – “The Masculinity Paradox” on November 10 in NYC – estherperel.com/therapists-and-coaches

Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com

Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.

Oct 04 2018

52mins

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Rank #8: Luck & Opportunity {Katie Dill}

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Katie Dill, Head of User Experience Design at Airbnb, grew up with a creative background that was far from typical. So how did she land her dream job at a company centered around creating unique experiences for their users? Katie shares all about her journey, which often required her to step outside her comfort zone, and how she found her niche.
Learn specific ingredients designers have that are useful to leaders, how she handles growing pains and tough feedback, and her wisdom on the relationship between luck and creating opportunities.

Show Notes:
-Katie’s outdoorsy upbringing as a talented problem-solver and trouble-maker. [4:30]
-How she discovered her niche and figured out how to make a career out of it (despite feeling out of her element). [10:58]
-On her transformative trip to Italy, where she learned how much there is to gain by going outside your comfort zone. Plus, how to talk yourself out of talking yourself out of things. [15:58]
-Creating opportunity vs. Luck (and the relationship between them). [20:17]
-The different types of designers at Airbnb, Katie’s own creative vision as a designer, and how being creative makes her a better leader. [24:48]
-Do women have a secret superpower they need to unlock? Katie, Maria, and Linda discuss. [29:19]
-Dealing with transition: How Katie used positive self-talk, self-reliance, and self-confidence to adapt. [34:43]
-Her biggest career challenges. [41:44]
-How Katie handles growing pains and critical feedback (including the toughest pieces of feedback she’s ever received). [46:35]

References: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Music: Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com

Jul 07 2016

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Rank #9: Creative Confidence {Andréa Mallard}

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Imagine graduating from college and flying to Europe for your first job as a journalist. Instead of things going as planned, you end up bartending in the red-light district to survive. That’s Andrea Mallard’s “fall from grace” story, but it’s not where her story ends.

From making friends with the head pimp on the street to becoming Chief Marketing Officer at the inspiring and innovative company, Omada Health, Andrea’s journey is filled with personal insights about finding the creative confidence to lead on your own terms. In her interview she busts a few myths that keep you second-guessing yourself, shares her perspective on work cultures that support whole people, and offers advice on how to integrate work and home life.

Show Notes
-Maria introduces Andrea Mallard. [1:45]
-The “lost year”: How Andrea ended up stranded in Paris and tending bar in the red-light district. [3:55]
-The wake up call she needed to stand up for herself and land a job at Forbes Magazine. [9:59]
-Analytic vs. creative and Andrea’s decision to be both, plus the epiphany that helped her get confident fast. [14:52]
-The big secret around feeling like an imposter and how to stop getting in your own way. [20:02]
-On sexism in the workplace, being a working mom, and how to integrate work and home life together. [25:00]
-Why it's so important to be your authentic self at work. [30:52]
-Andrea talks about being a leader on her own terms and shares a 100% unique example of creative confidence. [35:31]
-The most exciting thing about working at Omada, plus Andrea’s advice to her younger self. [40:48]

References:
www.andreamallard.com
Omada Health: www.omadahealth.com

Music:
Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com

Jul 21 2016

47mins

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Rank #10: Aphrodite Emerges {Elle Luna & Susie Herrick}

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In this episode, host Maria Molfino takes on two inspirational women in one go: Elle Luna, a SF based artist and author, and Susie Herrick, a licensed therapist with over 20 years experience and author of an upcoming memoir, Aphrodite Emerges (to be released in the Fall).

They tackle some big themes, the biggest being inner misogyny. Hear about their journeys and the challenges they faced, how to know when you’re following expectations vs. your deeper calling, the expansive power of dreaming bigger, and their upcoming workshop Aphrodite Emerges: Activate the Goddess Within (now open for enrollment at www.aphroditeemerges.com).

Show Notes:
-On Susie’s spiritual upbringing, and her earliest realizations of negative self-talk and the conflicting expectations within women in our society. [3:54]
-Considering our ‘should’s: Where they come from, what they’re like for women, and how they imprison us. Plus, the powerful one-liner Elle read about Susie that caused them to meet. [8:36]
-The insanely busy, exhausted, dried up, and deeply dissatisfied state Elle was in before turning things around. [11:46]
-How do you cross over from discontent and inner dissonance to other side? Susie shares her own experience. [13:33]
-Elle reads from their book, Aphrodite Emerges, about destroying ego and accepting new callings for life. [18:55]
-On the conflict women face in a “balanced” work culture and the kinesthetic experience of ‘should’ and ‘must’. [23:46]
-Culturally inherited misogyny: The oldest prejudice. [27:03]
-Coming to terms with the social emotions of blame and shame. Plus, how Susie’s relationship with her father strengthened after opening up to him about some buried issues. [32:23]
-Elle and Susie talk about their upcoming workshop in August, Aphrodite Emerges: A Journey to Unleash the Godess Within. [39:58]

References:
Aphrodite Emerges retreat info at http://www.aphroditeemerges.com
The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
Misogyny: The World’s Oldest Prejudice by Jack Holland

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Music: Lucia Lilikoi lucia.bandcamp.com

Jun 23 2016

45mins

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Rank #11: Grit & Generativity {Helena Price}

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Do you have a creative passion you never imagined could pay the bills? Host Maria Molfino introduces us to tech photographer Helena Price. Recently named Silicon Valley’s most wanted photographer, this heroine rekindled a lifelong passion and made it her career. Find out what it takes to make the leap into becoming a full-time creative, and learn some surprising ingredients that can help in the process.

Show Notes:
-Young Helena: Her background, being perceived as the “smart kid”, and dealing with feelings of isolation. [1:23]
-Helena talks about her first exposure to photography and what it was like growing up in a creatively-stifled hometown culture. [6:45]
-On college (and skipping class), falling in love with the tech scene, and touring with music bands. [10:57]
-Some of the challenges Helena faced and how she survived on her own. [15:58]
-What it took to be taken seriously and become a success early in her career. [21:49]
-How photography came back into the picture (to stay). [25:59]
-From getting her first job to drowning in work offers, plus Helena’s theory on how to make sure everything works out. [30:22]
-Grit. Can women learn to have more of it? [34:00]
-What she’s working on now: Her first, personal project that’s showing people a side of tech they haven’t seen before. [39:12]
-Helena’s amazing advice to women wanting more creative expression in their lives. [43:22]

References:
Techies by Helena Price: www.techiesproject.com

Music:
Lucia Lilikoi: lucia.bandcamp.com

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May 26 2016

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Rank #12: Leaving Our Invisible Cages

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Discover your creative, feminine power with my free online quiz at http://majo.co

Have you ever felt like you were in a costume, caged in a life that just isn’t you? In this week’s podcast for the first time in Heroine history my editor, Anne Hoffman, flips the tables and interviews me. It quickly gets raw and real as we dig deep.

We talk about everything from loving rubrics in school to how I felt like I was wearing a costume when I worked an outwardly perfect cubicle job at a research organization in D.C. It was so much fun to walk through all the threads that led me to step into my creative purpose as a podcaster, writer, and women’s leadership coach.

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Anne: I think your story reflects this story that when you’re twenty or thirty you can’t really write anything because you haven’t lived enough and in your forties is when you write. I know you’re in your thirties but it’s like you did so much living and there’s a way in which, when it happening, you’re like “where is this going”. There are all these disparate experiences but look where it got you. It all sort of culminates in your book.

Majo: Creativity is built from inputs. you’re literally taking all these threads from your life and mashing them together to create new things. It’s interesting to take all the threads of who we are and weave them into something.

You want to discover your creative purpose? You design it. It’s about looking back …that’s how we live creative purpose, it’s not sitting around and waiting and feeling chronically “not ready yet”…it’s by active design and engagement, and that’s the creative process.  You create your life as much as you create a poem, a short story, a film, a podcast episode…

Anne: I think for me and for a lot of other women you are the example of having the confidence to synthesize your experience into art or something greater than the experiences.

Discover your creative, feminine power with my free online quiz at http://majo.co

Oct 03 2019

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Rank #13: Eileen Fisher: Reclaiming the Voice

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A big piece of the heroine’s journey is reclaiming what’s been lost. For some of us, it’s our intuition, our creativity, or our sense of self trust. For Eileen Fisher, it’s been her voice and her courage to lean into difficult conversations. This design magnate has scaled an incredible organization that generates over $300 million a year in revenue, but she didn’t have an easy start or a path paved with roses.

What makes her shine even more is her passion for sustainability, empowering women, and living life with purpose. In her interview you’ll learn the conditions she’s created for her success, her thoughts on purpose and embodiment, and the principles that guide her leadership today.

Show Notes:
-Eileen’s upbringing: Early desires for a simplified wardrobe, the subconscious influence of Catholic school uniforms, and making her own prom dress. [3:25]
-How she used her math skills to help her in business and in finding creative expression. [8:23]
-Falling in love with the concept of simplicity and putting together her first pieces. [11:47]
-How a design-thinking mindset gave her the confidence to move her ideas forward. [16:12]
-Eileen’s biggest challenges starting out (and how she overcame most of them through sheer resourcefulness). [17:31]
-Overcoming her fear of communication and reclaiming her voice. [22:23]
-On being a mom, getting divorced, and trying to run a business (the toughest part of her journey). [26:18]
-The quality that allowed her to keep going during the hard times. [30:38]
-Meaning, purpose, and other principles that guide Eileen’s leadership today. [33:12]
-Beyond profits: The importance of sustainability, organic materials, and supporting women’s bodies. [39:15]
-Eileen’s daily advice for supporting relaxation (which in turn, supports creativity). [45:33]

Discover Eileen’s newest initiative, the Learning Lab, where she is creating opportunities for people to get enlivened and inspired through a focus on the mind-body connection, creative leadership, and purpose-driven living. With online and on-site workshops and events, the Learning Lab offers space to try on new ways to live and work that feel more integrated and authentic.

Connect soon and sign up to be a part of Eileen's vision at www.eileenfisherlearninglab.com

Music by Lucia Lilikoi: lucia.bandcamp.com

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Aug 04 2016

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Rank #14: How To Voice & Stand Up for Your Needs — Boundaries Minisode (4/4)

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For more tips and inspiration, go to my website majo.co and follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine

You made it this is the last and final minisode in a four part series on boundaries. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to listen to the entire series from top to bottom, because it will give you a full picture on how you can maintain healthy, strong, boundaries to be more badass in a world that is clawing at your time and attention.

In this episode, I want to introduce you to a four-step communication tool for speaking up when something is bothering you, when you feel someone has overstepped one of your boundaries, and you want to let them know that’s not cool with you.

Because in working with and talking to hundreds of women, I noticed a pattern – after years of growing up in the patriarchy, when something bothers us, we don’t speak up.

You know, It starts in our teens. Harvard researchers found that during adolescence, girls stop speaking from their experience, and expressing their true feelings and thoughts, even though they were outspoken as children. They literally lose their voices, become more quiet, and say “I don’t know” a million times, really as a way to hide. The researchers conclude “to say what they are feeling and thinking often means to risk losing their relationships...”

Sound familiar? It starts in our teens but carries on into our 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

The tool I want to introduce to you is called nonviolent communication – NVC for short. Started by a psychologist in the 60s, Marshall Rosenberg, this process will help to communicate to others about you need with less judgment.

You might want to pause the audio and grab a paper if it’s helpful to take notes.

Surely, you’ve been in a scenario, where you’ve felt triggered and want to respond, so what can you do?

NVC consists of four simple steps:
Step 1: State the facts – What events did you observe?
Step 2. State your feelings – How did you feel?
Step 3. State your needs – What is your unmet need? (Note: I like to give the option of stating your values here, if that works better in a professional context than your needs)
Step 4. State your requests – What is your request? What do you want moving forward?

I’m going to break it down and run through examples and tips.

Step 1. What events did you observe?
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Example: “Last month, you authored the article about our project.”

Notice here, that I’m sticking to the facts. It’s something that a third party objective observer would agree , and couldn’t be argued.
Tips:
So, you want to stick to the facts. “You seldom do what I want,” is an evaluation, versus “You did not attend the last three meetings,” which is more factual.
You want to be specific. “She frequently attends,” is too vague, versus “She attended at least three times a week,” which is precise.
You want to focus on observable behaviors. Memories about words people said can be subjective and distorted, so report on actions.

Step 2. How did you feel? “I felt …
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Example: “I felt frustrated.”
Tips:
Focus on emotions and sensations. Most derive from these five: sadness, disgust, fear, joy, and anger.
Avoid thoughts (e.g., "I feel like I didn't get a fair deal"), stories about yourself (e.g., "insecure"), how you think others are evaluating you (e.g., "unimportant"), or what we think others are doing to us (e.g., "misunderstood," "ignored").
Be vulnerable. It takes courage to state something plainly, but it’s powerful!
Step 3. What is your unmet need or value? “Because I need/value ….
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Example: “Because I need/value collaboration and equality.”
Tips:
Focus on universal human needs and/or cultural values. Under your feeling is an unmet need or unheld value.
That’s why you’re hurt, sad, surprised, frustrated, because some universal human need feels like it isn’t being met.
For a list of common needs, check out: www.cnvc.org/Training/needs-inventory

Step 4. What is your request?
_______________
Example: “When we launch the next product, I’d love to author the announcement post. How does that sound?”
Tips:
Use clear, actionable language.
Don’t expect a yes. Requests are free of demand. We put the request out there, but it may not necessarily be met.
Empathize. If you receive a "no,” don’t give up. Instead, empathize with what is preventing the other person from saying "yes" before deciding how to continue the conversation.
So there you have it, the four steps to non-violent communication. Honestly, it’s one of the most powerful communication tools I’ve come across – and I’ve used it on myself and with clients, with family, with friends, and it’s really given me the power to set a boundary about what I need and want, and share how I feel about a situation, instead of staying quiet, and stewing in my bitterness.

Outro:
That’s it.
We have wrapped up our minisode series on boundaries – I hope you found it helpful. Since starting the series, you have gained so many more tools in your toolbelt to conserve, and yes, protect your energy, so that you can invest it towards your creativity and calling on this planet. We really need you to have those boundaries as a modern woman, so that you rock your heroine’s journey to its fullest.

If you care about living an empowered life, go follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine more juiciness – and go to my website majo.co and get on my email list for more updates about my work and this podcast. You got options. Lots of love, heroine.

Nov 08 2018

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Rank #15: Being Weird is Your Superpower — Laurie Segall

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When we’re kids and teens, being called weird is an insult. But as we grow older, we realize so much of our superpowers come from allowing ourselves to be weirdos. Being weird is about following your quirks, strange esoteric interests, and inexplicable curiosities. Let’s face it: the best art and ideas come from the land of weird.

More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/5/2/be-weird-with-laurie-segall

This is the focus of today’s show with Laurie Segall, a Senior Tech Correspondent for CNN and Editor at large for CNN Tech. She’s also the host of CNN’s first CNN Originals – Mostly Human – an amazing six-part docu-series that explores sex, love, and death through the lens of tech. As an award-winning journalist, she specializes in understanding the impact of tech on our daily lives.

Show Notes:
-Laurie as a little girl: Weird and funny, a Southerner and of a Jewish background who felt she never fit in, loved talking to people who didn’t fit in. [4:35]
-On her journey as a young journalist, her undercover mission with her father at a purity ball that led to her public declaration of her virginity. [15:20]
-Laurie’s fundamental mind shift: “I want to work at CNN!” The steps she took to get to where she is now, starting out and doing anything she was told to do. [22:30]
-On interviewing Ariel Castro’s daughter, realizing the power of technology to investigate, and doing a docu-series on “Sex, Drugs, and Silicon Valley”. [39:00]
-Pitching “Mostly Human” to CNN President, Jeff Zucker: How Laurie used her experiences going into dark places to make the “Mostly Human” show possible and how people that surrounded her have contributed to her success through their suggestions and advice. [43:54]
-Laurie’s realization about how people live their lives on social media, choosing how they portray life while masking the reality of pain and sadness. [49:45]
-Her interest in AI and the creation of the Laurie bot shows the possibilities of the future through technology. Laurie shares how she has reclaimed her confidence and weirdness to be who she wants to be without trying to fit in. [56:12]

References:
Majo's website – majomolfino.com
Learn more about Mostly Human – money.cnn.com/mostly-human/
Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com

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May 03 2018

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Rank #16: Carving Your Own Path — Ann Shen

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Discover your creative, feminine power with my free online quiz at http://majo.co

Have you ever had the urge to follow the opposite of what you learned in school? That’s a theme for my guest Ann Shen – an illustrator and author of Bad Girls Throughout History and Legendary Ladies, books that depict women as they are: complex, funny, dark and everywhere in between. In fact, her book Bad Girls Throughout History resonated so much that it has even been picked up by Universal Cable Productions to become a show.

A daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Ann calls herself a reformed goody two shoes who creates art that empowers women to be their authentic badass selves. She combines incredible artistic talent with a high degree of business sense and shows us that choosing your own path does not have to mean depending on your parents, spouse, or whoever to survive. While her professors in art school pushed the students to all create very masculine, serious art, she went in the opposite direction – her own style that markets to women in a really fun, whimsical way, and of course in the time of Instagram, this style blew up. You can find her empowering, delightfully illustrated, books on Amazon and in stores like Target so definitely check them out after you hear her story.

Also as a heads up, Ann and I met and recorded at the lovely all-female co-working space The Wing in Los Angeles so the audio is a little busy and echo-ey at times and I apologize in advance, but I have a feeling that you’ll be so engaged in our conversation, you will barely notice! Plus, y’all know me: progress over perfection.

Highlighted Excerpt
Ann: The art school I chose to go to was very militant and demanding.

Majo: Okay so what were people telling you was the right kind of work and what did you discover?

Ann: So in school, it was very trendy at the time to think about editorial illustration as the career, like the ultimate career. And you do like New York editorial illustration stuff that’s like in the New York Times, The New Yorker, like just very serious, beautiful. A lot of it is conceptual or just technically very, it just looks a certain way. And most of it was a very male-dominated view.

Majo: Okay, and what did you discover was like what you really wanted to do and move into?

Ann: That’s my favorite question because it wasn’t something that was really presented to me as an option and then I discovered this later was I just wanted to do stuff for women. Stuff that I was interested in, stuff that was floral or decorative or representative. Like just having something that’s like “oh, this is just a beautiful painting”. It either had to be a beautiful fine art oil painting or it had to have like a really brilliant concept behind it for it to be considered “good” in school. And then I left and I was like “Oh, it’s good enough for it just to be a beautiful thing that brings people joy”.

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Sep 26 2019

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Rank #17: Numbing Feelings (Block #7)

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We live in a culture that medicates feelings. Women are especially under constant pressure to restrain our emotional lives; we apologize for our tears, suppress our anger, and tone down our passion out of fear of being called hysterical.

Join Maria in this flash wisdom episode about the 7th block to your creative confidence and expression: numbing feelings. Learn the consequences of this tendency, such as missing out on feelings essential to the creative process, and the important role feelings play in creative leadership. Maria offers empowering wisdom to help you bring this tendency into your awareness and leverage your feelings to great effect.

Show Notes:
-Download Maria’s free Creative Confidence Playbook at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook

References:
-Medicating Women’s Feelings by Julie Holland (NY Times, Feb. 2015)
-Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (TEDx Houston, Jun. 2010)
-Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com

Jul 28 2016

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Rank #18: Cultivating Bravery {Caroline Paul}

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Interested in learning how to de-condition away from fear and towards bravery? According to Caroline Paul, girls are socialized to be fearful instead of brave — and it’s not doing us any favors. As one of the first women in the SF Fire Department and author of the children’s book, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, Caroline has great insights on the relationship between being adventurous and being creative.

Caroline talks about how interacting with nature can help us cultivate bravery, and shares powerful insights on the relationship between fear and exhilaration. She also does a fantastic job of breaking down the cultural rituals between men and women, which can help explain why women sometimes feel uncomfortable in male-dominated workplaces.

Show Notes:
-Growing up as the shy twin: how being an identical twin uniquely shaped Caroline growing up. [4:52]
-Discussing the research on girls during the pivotal pre-teen years, and what that time was like for Caroline. [9:39]
-College years, being baffled by the idea of careers and what she wanted to do, and how she came to be one of the first women at SF Fire Department. [13:32]
-Caroline shares about the early difficulties of working in such a male-dominated field, and the different cultural rituals between men and women. [19:35]
-Being the first to volunteer for things, striving to out-brave the men and the backlash that came with that, and the different flavors of bravery. [26:25]
-On why parents protect girls more than boys, and the revelation Caroline’s mother had that led her to encourage her daughters to be more adventurous. [29:24]
-On Caroline’s book, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. [32:09]
-How we begin the process of de-conditioning ourselves away from fear: Caroline’s advice to practice bravery in small steps, and her powerful final thoughts. [35:08]

References:
Caroline’s website: http://www.carolinepaul.com/

Get Caroline’s book, The Gutsy Girl: https://www.amazon.com/Gutsy-Girl-Escapades-Your-Adventure/dp/1632861232

Caroline’s TED Talk, “To raise brave girls, encourage adventure”: http://www.ted.com/talks/caroline_paul_to_raise_brave_girls_encourage_adventure

Caroline’s New York Times Op-Ed, “Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?”: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/opinion/sunday/why-do-we-teach-girls-that-its-cute-to-be-scared.html?_r=0

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Mar 16 2017

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Rank #19: Isabel Allende: Truth & Story

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Isabel Allende is a woman who fearlessly enters the imaginal realm and trusts where her instincts take her. The most widely read Spanish-speaking author in the world, her books have sold over 65 million copies worldwide. She received the Medal of Freedom from Obama and carried an Olympic flag with Sophia Loren. But that’s not all that makes her incredible.

More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/truth-story-with-isabel-allende

Isabel understands struggle, pain, and what it means to fight, and she passionately serves women and girls around the world through her foundation and work. In this episode, Isabel explains what really makes a heroine, sharing the darkest moments on her own heroine’s journey, and offers profound insights on feminine energy and how it can change the world.

Show Notes:
-Isabel’s somber and isolated childhood: Growing up in Chile after her father abandoned them, the death of her grandmother, and finding solace in reading and storytelling. [2:59]
-How love and feminism saved her from her angry teenage years, disgusted by authority and male chauvinism. [5:12]
-On having to flee Chile for Venezuela, Isabel’s insights on immigrants and refugees, and having “too much imagination” to be a journalist. [7:33]
-Why Isabel sees stories as truer than truth, and how her twenties and thirties provided the necessary raw material for her writing. [11:08]
-A passionate rebel heart – Isabel explains the key quality her female characters have, plus the survival stories of real women she’s witnessed through her organization. [14:02]
-On sisterhood and female community, and the difference between the hero’s and heroine’s journey [17:03]
-Isabel’s “dissent”: The darkest phase of her heroine’s journey, and her wisdom on trials making the heroine. [26:27]
-The high price Isabel has paid for feminism, and how feminine energy can change the world. [31:57]
-How Isabel has seen women and feminism change, and why you should never try to avoid pain. [36:08]

References:
Majo's website – majomolfino.com
Isabel's website – isabelallende.com

Check out the incredible work being done through The Isabel Allende Foundation – isabelallende.org

Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com

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Oct 19 2017

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Rank #20: Reclaiming Multiple Identities in the Age of Extremism — Shiza Shahid

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I’m thrilled about today’s interview. Shiza Shahid co-founded The Malala Fund along with the youngest Nobel-Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. I’m sure you already know this, but just in case, Malala was the young girl in Pakistan who was shot in the head on her school bus by the Taliban for going to school, but she survived and became internationally recognized. So Shiza, who I speak to in this interview, was one of Malala’s early mentors. While in college, Shiza started a secret summer camp for girls in Pakistan, which is also her home country. Today, Shiza is a venture capital investor and many other things. Named one of Time's "30 Under 30 People Changing the World" and Forbes "30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneurs," she’s also host of the USA Today news show "ASPIREist," which activates millennials to have a positive impact.

http://majomolfino.com/blog/2018/11/1/shiza-shahid

In this episode, we talk about why empowering women around the world is so important and what Shiza sees as global trends as she travels to different continents. As a fellow immigrant, she shares how culture helped her shift perspectives, and what it means to reclaim your identity when you grow up cross-culturally.

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Majo: You do so much. How do you stay grounded? How do you avoid overwhelm or do you just feel overwhelmed?

Shiza: How do I avoid overwhelm? I think perhaps by  not comparing myself. I think a lot of the overwhelm comes from comparison. Now when we do good things we have to put it on Instagram and count how many likes it got, and I think a lot of that comparison causes dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Because if you go and truly help someone, the way that will make you feel will give you so much satisfaction, it will calm the fatigue and help with the overwhelm, so as long as you don’t go to that place of you know, “Is this good enough?Am I good enough?” and allow the satisfaction of doing your work become overshadowed by the comparison, which I think we’re constantly in the middle of particularly here in the West. I was in Pakistan for a while, and I realized that I didn’t buy anything for weeks, and I was barely on social media, and I came back to the U.S. and started getting hit by all these ads and all these things I felt I needed to buy, and information about other people doing other things.

Majo: When you came back you started noticing that you were comparing?

Shiza: Absolutely. I think that over here, there’s a lot of that comparison, even when you’re doing so called social impact work, you’re still comparing –

Majo: Right. Like, who’s doing more social impact work.

Shiza: Right. I think avoiding that. Getting outside this place which can really do that to you, and focusing on direct impact.

Show Notes:

Shiza’s parents and upbringing in Pakistan [3:20]

On volunteering as a teenager in women’s prisons and her passionate activism as a young woman [5:36]

Applying to college in the U.S. on a whim and her decision to go to Stanford where she was first exposed to technology and entrepreneurship, but still feeling connected to help women and girls back in Pakistan [6:58]

The online diary of Malala Yousafzai (at the time, 11 years old), inspiring Shiza’s creation of a secret summer camp amongst dangerous circumstances [11:30]

Joining McKinsey and receiving the news of Malala being shot [14:00]

On co-founding and building The Malala Fund at age 22 and leaving the safe, predictable path [21:00]

Witnessing Malala become the first child to win The Nobel Peace Prize and how it shifted stereotypes about what courage looks like [26:00]

On the polarization of technology, tech utopianism, and how social media creates a divide and leads to a rise in extremism, as well as the need for a representative group of people making decisions [28:00]

On being a global citizen and how that perspective-shifting encourages entrepreneurship [32:20]

The patterns she sees across the world, particularly around the false facts and news, as well as untapped opportunities such as supporting women in computer science in the Middle East [36:00]

How to deal with feelings of overwhelm and unhappiness in a culture of consumerism and comparison [40:00]

On reclaiming identity having grown up cross-culturally [43:00]

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Nov 01 2018

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